Construction under way at Wellness Center

Author: Julie Hail Flory

From left: John Affleck-Graves, Drew Paluf, John Sejdinaj, Robert McQuade, Trent Grocock, Denise Murphy, Rev. Thomas P. Doyle

Calling it “a holy place, a space for the University, and ultimately one of healing,” Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs, blessed the ground that will be home to the new Notre Dame Wellness Center come this summer.

A small group gathered Jan. 17 at the site on the northeast edge of campus (near the corner of Wilson and Bulla) to celebrate the start of construction on the new building, which will be an on-campus wellness center for faculty, staff and their eligible dependents, providing a full suite of health services including primary care, pediatrics, lab services, physical therapy and a full-service pharmacy.

“This facility represents a huge step forward in our commitment to promoting the health and wellness of our employees,” said Robert McQuade, vice president for human resources. “Our hope is that the Wellness Center will provide a convenient option for faculty and staff who wish to utilize the preventive and healing services that will soon be available right here on campus.”

In its first year, the center is expected to handle around 5,000 patient visits and 15,000 procedures, and fill 30,000 prescriptions, with those numbers only expected to grow in the future.

While located on the Notre Dame campus, the center will be operated by Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens company that is the largest and most comprehensive provider of work-site health and wellness centers in the country.

Construction is expected to be complete in July. When it opens, the center’s hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. More information is available online by searching hr.nd.edu.